Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
I later bought an expanded version of the album on CD. The CD packaging includes the song lyrics, along with details of who does what on each track. It also features all the pictures included in the LP version, notably this last one:
The text visible at the right of this pic is of course a facsimile of the gem adorning the LP cover, written by the producer of the album, Jimmy Miller:
“The U.A. Man wants some big underground [*] D.J. to write the liner notes. Traffic don’t really care whether there are liner notes or not. And I’m just thinking that not enough people know about Traffic.
“Not enough people have ever driven with Dave, or had him sit on their bed, and play acoustic; and sing four new songs, and ask if you dig them; and suddenly you don’t know how to say a “yes” that really means it.
“Not enough people have ever met Chris Wood, or any other saxophone player free of trying to top “the Bird”, or Stiff, or Coltrane; blowing so honestly hard that the roots of his hair fly out. Fewer people have ever seen him sleep.
“No one else ever went up to Birmingham, that weekend with Steve, to see the Cream right after they formed, and at a time when Steve was getting in to his coming out. Not too many people have seen him play, while too many who have seen him, have not heard him.
“Too many wonder how Jim can sweat so much, or if the drops will begin to fall off in time. Not enough people know that nothing falls off of Jim out of time.
“And the U.A. Man still thinks that some underground D.J. should write the liner notes.
“It’s all a shame!”
* In 1968, the music now called progressive rock was referred to as “the underground”.
More next time.